Once we were done reading I told the boys I had a quick writing activity planned. They were to write one sentence but it had to start with a subordinate conjunction (After, Although, Unless, Since, Because, etc.). I found this idea on Incite to Write's page on Facebook. Subordinate conjunctions help kids make a more complex sentence and I figured they would never argue and gripe about one sentence. Funny enough, they all picked "after" as the start of their sentence. I was impressed the most by Evan today. He quickly came up with his whole sentence and even managed to spell most of the words pretty phonetically!
It was hot and sunny today and I wanted to head outside. We had tons of fun activities planned that I found on Pinterest last night and I couldn't wait to try them. After stepping outside, I started to think that might be a mistake! It was so hot and muggy and stifling outside! Luckily, the boys didn't seem to mind nearly as much as I did. I found a cute car/ squirt bottle race that I thought the boys might like. They each got a matchbox car and a spray bottle, but the only one who could even get it to work a little was Alec. I don't know why it didn't work; but I'm guessing it was because the driveway isn't all that smooth. While they were troubleshooting their car race I was trying to fill up water balloons.
They drew their own tattoos using watercolor crayons and a bucket of water. They drew all over their bodies. They were pretty creative with what they drew and I felt bad when I realized that the heat was making them sweat and all the tattoos were running. We had tons of errands to run and I didn't want the watercolor crayons all over my car so I had them all jump in and cool off. They were worried that the tattoos would wash off and I told them it would, but that they could make more later if they wanted. We'll definitely have to try this again.
After a quick dip to cool off we had a quick lunch and headed out. We finished up listening to The Pain and The Great One in the car and put in a CD on Greek Mythology. We went to the bank, Kohl's, Target and Walmart; luckily they were all quick stops and we were back home in record time. By the time we arrived home the boys still weren't liking the Greek Mythology books (and honestly, I wasn't either) so we decided to return them to the library later this week and start listening to the Boxcar Children instead.
After having done writing, math, reading, science and art today we declared school finished and headed outside to play in the lake. Even with the water and our beach mostly being in the shade it was HOT!